KitchenAid Artisan 5KES100BER Espresso Maker Red
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- Die Cast Metal Construction
- 2 Year Guarantee
- 2 independent boilers
- Professional filter holder
- Cup warmer
- Large espresso and steam gauges
- 2 litre sliding and removable water tank
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KitchenAid has progressed considerably since it launched the first domestic stand mixer, a classic iconic shape of the early 20th century, designed by one of the great American style gurus, Egmont Arens, back in 1937. There is now a complete KitchenAid® Artisan Collection that looks equally stylish and is made with the same attention to detail as it always was. The Collection is available in the widest range of colours on the market and includes a host of beautiful, functional appliances including a blender, toaster, espresso maker, burr grinder and food processor, as well as the original mixer. All of the products have the same tactile, retro look, with solid knobs, buttons and smooth curved lines. Every item in the KitchenAid Collection is still assembled by hand from reassuringly solid die-cast metal parts, receiving the individual attention to detail vital to ensuring top performance and quality.
KitchenAid® stands for beautiful design, reliability, efficiency and effectiveness - built to look and feel good, but also built for function and hard work.
The KitchenAid Espresso maker has two independent boilers for consistent performance with no delay between brewing and frothing. The espresso boiler delivers constant temperature for optimal brewing of Italian style espresso with crema, whilst the steam boiler delivers abundant dry steam with a constant temperature for a rich creamy cappuccino. The large espresso and steam gauges give a clear indication of boiler status for brewing and frothing. The cup warmer is large enough to warm and store 6 espresso cups, and the professional filter can accomodate two interchangeable stainless steel baskets allowing brewing with ground coffee or pods. The sliding water tank is convenient to fill, and the non-drip system prevents any dripping due to solenoid valves. These features and the KitchenAid name combine to make this the perfect machine for use at home or work to make the perfect espressos and cappuccinos.
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I have given it one star because of the brilliant warranty and aftercare - Kitchenaid send a new one out via courier and collect the broken one each time. But I just don't have the heart to continue - this must have cost them far more than me and I've finally lost confidence. They've offered me a refund and I've accepted.
I bought this 30 months ago, it has had modest use and for two years was perfect. I previously had two Dualit machines - at £350 and £150 and both were complete failures. (Dualit's service standards are dismal but then if they cannot make a kettle that doesn't leak you can't expect much better from their coffee makers).
KitchenAid (and Dualit) seem to make top of the line products that fail just after the warranty expires. My machine now has an electrical fault - it severely overheats and the streamer is temperamental. The drip tray and body pain are both flaking. This from a machine that cost £600. It's on its last legs - but is it worth spending a lot on getting it repaired, and how long will it then work for?
My simple advice - 1) buy a Cafetiere..... and use the KitchenAid machine as set decoration for your kitchen. 2) Amazon reviews are - with common sense - to be taken seriously.
In passing I am fed up of having " save the planet propaganda " dished out. The new light bulbs are great but they fail to illuminate. I was told by a sales assistant in John Lewis that a £1200 fridge is not designed to last more than five years! KitchenAid seems no better (as Dualit and my Dyson - a plastic straw would have better suction and a stronger build quality). Why - and at premium prices - can't we expect domestic appliances to last for a decade plus?
Wasn't it Lenin that said "capitalism will sell you the rope we hang them with?" Well if it is made by KitchenAid (Dualit or Dyson) no need to worry.
Well I have bought the correct one; the Kitchenaid Artisan Espresso machine has transported me back to Italy, & does so every day when I make coffee. I searched, read very, many reviews, both by the public & by companies "which?" deal in such things, American reviews, British reviews, European reviews. I learned a great deal along the way about coffee making too, & finally, I chose the Kitchenaid Artisan espresso machine. I can confidently say it makes excellent coffee although not every review would have you believe this, indeed many reviews would put you off buying it. As a Home Economist used to appraising equipment, I can honesty say I am delighted, in every way with this purchase.
The Kitchenaid requires the input of you, the barista, so trial & error is involved until you have experimented a bit to find out your best means of making the coffee. No self respecting Italian would use a machine which grinds & brews at the press of a button, this is the Austrian & Swiss way, espresso machines are the Italian way. But these other machines do take out the trial & error, you simply press a button & the machine works for you, however this can be limiting to fine tuning the perfect cup of coffee. For me, in the long run, experimenting & having flexibility for making coffee is what I wanted & so I am absolutely delighted with the Kitchenaid.
The twin boilers are definitely an advantage; I can be drawing an espresso (25 seconds) while obtaining steam or hot water or frothing milk from the other independent boiler. I have no trouble with running out of steam, although I read of this problem; I find that milk froths very well indeed, producing an excellent head which gels to perfection (full fat milk straight from the fridge for best results). Also, despite other reviews to the contrary, the jug is a perfect size for me. A metal tamper would however be a good idea, as the one which comes with the machine is a light weight, but it gets you started.
The commercial sized brew head is made of chrome plated brass for good heat up time & stability of heat retention; there are 2 stainless steel filter baskets (slot in metal cups), one for a single shot of espresso (7 grams) & one for a double shot (14 grams) which slot into the commercial sized filter holder. I tend to use the double shot most of the time and dilute with hot water for an Americano. Since all coffee really stems from what you do with a basic espresso when you have "pulled" it. This machine allows many permutations of any type of coffee from macchiato to lungo. The crema is tip-top excellent, ambrosial heaven to smell & covering my entire coffee surface thickly.
The filter holder engages & disengages into the brew head easily, the two tanks heat up, in a quick 6 minutes, it is easy to clean, the drip tray being straight forward to remove & wash. The water tank tops up easily too, it simply pushes out a little to the left or right for topping up, then slides back into place effortlessly, this means the machine can be sited to suit your kitchen rather than you having to position it so that you can access the tank.
The drip free system with 3 way solenoid valve ensures you can disengage the filter holder the minute you have pulled your espresso without worrying about depressurising first, then you can flush the brew head in an instant, leaving your machine ready to make another espresso.
Of course it just looks sensational, mine is gleaming red, & draws people to it when they are in the kitchen, I drool over it daily. I also have the red Kitchenaid burr grinder, which is quite simply fabulous. The Artisan espresso machine is sturdy, very sturdy & made of cast metal, it will not move about on the work top. This machine is built to commercial grade & looks it too.
I have found ready ground Illy coffee works very well in the machine, but of course grinding ones own fresh coffee from some lovely different varieties also expands your experience, so don't be put off thinking you need to buy the burr grinder too, any bought coffee ground to espresso grade will work.
The manual is well presented with some excellent tips on honing your barista skills & drawing the perfect espresso. A delight to use & look at, I love it.
Edited to add:An important tip: the very first coffee I drew from the Artisan was disappointingly stone cold, this in part, was due to working slowly as it was the first ever attempt with the new gleaming gadget & also I was trying to read the instructions at the same time. However, follow these tips for best results. Always pre-heat the machine with the brew head engaged, this quickly heats the metal of the brew head which then ensures the hot coffee being flushed through it, remains hot & is not cooled by a cold brew head. Pre-heat the cup/mug (& the metal jug, if you are using it for hot water rather than frothing milk) by drawing a little hot water from the right hand tank into this, a half to one cm depth is fine, this heats the cup efficiently, discard the heating water & proceed.
Oh! & buy a copy of Liz Franklin's super little book, Caffé Italia. The authentic Italian bites to make & have with your coffee are delicious (I highly recommend the Tuscan soft almond cookies - Ricciarelli & the almond & pistachio loaf - torta alle mandorle e pistacchi, but all that I have made have been heavenly).
Edited March 18/03/2012: I notice there a high proportion of reported faults by other reviewers of this machine. I am wondering if people are leaving the machine switched on for long periods. It explicitly says in the instructions not to do this. It heats up so quickly it is not necessary to leave it on between uses. This is just a thought, & may not be the cause at all, but perhaps worth considering. My machine is used every day & has worked non-stop since Christmas 2009 without any problems what-so-ever.
13/09/13: still working beautifully & used at least 3 times a day.
Katy Thompson - Home Economist
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